Hi y’all! Sorry I missed yesterday – was a lot more tired than I expected, and had some running around to do which made me even more tired than I anticipated.
I’m totally cheating these next two days. I know I introduced you a little bit to Talise and Kin, but I thought I’d give you some background on the two characters and into the little world they live in that I’ve created. 🙂 I’ve actually already written over 50k words about these guys a couple of years back!
The original concepts centre around the five elements – Air, Earth, Fire, Water and Spirit and their ongoing battle against the Demon King (or King of Hell as he’s known). There are four mortal guardians of the elements, and there must always be one – it’s how the elements are in control. The mortal guardians work in tandem with their counterparts in the other elements to help keep the world in harmony and balance.
The previous four guardians are:
Air: Mahesh Singh
Age of Guardianship: 16
Age of Death: 82
Year of death: current
Mahesh is from India, and he is the eldest of the Elemental Guardians from the ‘old guard’. He has been in a courtly love relationship with Ren Shimizu for a good 30 years, and they correspond through phone calls and letters (more recently emails and Skype) when they aren’t in the same city. The reason that Mahesh agreed to use his powers to help Ren when she was diagnosed with cancer was due to this love, even though he wasn’t 100% sure it was the right thing to do.
Mahesh is killed outside the local grocers by a poisonous snake bite one day while he’s at the local markets. The snake was an Indian Krait and no one is sure how it got there.
Earth: Rosa Almeida
Age of Guardianship: 14
Age of Death: 22
Year of Death: 2010
Rosa was a vibrant young Brazilian who had a passion for learning about plants and about the different species of the Amazon jungle. She was on a trip with her university studying the biology of several different plants in the rain forest when she was bitten by a spider. The bite proved fatal.
Fire: Ilia Rudenkyo
Age of Guardianship: 35
Age of Death: 42
Year of Death: 2015
Ilia is a firebrand from the Ukraine, passionate about politics. He works in a mine, utilizing his kinship with fire to try and keep the potential for a mine explosion down. However, he didn’t realize that someone would purposefully throw a match down a mineshaft, causing an explosion, while he was at work. By the time he realized, he got some of his fellow workers out, but he perished in the blaze.
Water: Ren Shimizu
Age of Guardianship: 13
Age of Death: 79
Year of Death: 2015
Ren is a lovely Japanese woman hailing from around Nagasaki. Due to her location, and the leftover atomic radiation, she ended up with cancer. The cancer spread rapidly, and in her 66th year, she was dying. She tried to alleviate some of her pain by focusing her powers inward, and she noticed that the power of water helped surround the cancerous cells and keep them from spreading. Prevailing upon the man that she loved, Mahesh, to use pure oxygen when she used the water in her body to keep the cells from spreading.
Unfortunately, the Essence of Water that gave her the guardianship thought that the body was failing and started to begin it’s transfer to a new host, Talise Mitchell. Talise received the intuition, the dreams, and the ability over emotions that Ren used to have, but Ren retained the actual connection to water and the power over the element. This caused severe mental and emotion distress to Talise. Ren’s reluctance to accept her fate was apart of Chaos’s plan to destroy the Guardians.
The ‘new’ Guardians and Kin:
Air: Marcus Gale, age 34
Marcus is an attorney who is well on his way to Partnership in his firm. He specializes in Criminal Law, and he’s helped on a few high profile cases. He has a nice house, a nice car. Marcus is the second to be ‘awakened’ of the ‘new guard’ so to speak. He has a terrifying dream (chapter one) and that is what sets him on his path. Marcus is African American, and he was born to a single mother in Inner City Los Angeles. A drive by shooting of his best friend growing up is what set him straight and he studied hard and got a full scholarship to UCLA to study law. He worked his ass off and became a lawyer when he turned 26, specializing in Criminal Law. He worked for the county for a bit before being poached by a private law firm. He paid off his school loans at 32, and only recently managed to buy his house and car. His eyes, however, are almost amber in colour, a mark placed on him from birth due to his Guardianship of Air.
Abilities and Personality: Marcus is extremely intelligent, and is the ‘thinker’ and ‘planner’ of the group. He’s able to point out various flaws in the plans and help shore up any ideas anyone has. He helps get Kai off when Kai is accused of a murder that he didn’t commit, and he endures Talise’s teasing when it comes to his lack of relationships. Marcus is asexual, and not really interested in any romantic entanglements. He’s a nerd – comic books, video games, sci fi and fantasy. Marcus has a tattoo of a raven on his back, and it’s discovered later that while he can’t fly, he is able to control the wind currents enough to levitate himself. Marcus is a Libra.
Earth: Alana Green, age 42
Alana has the answer to life, the universe and everything. She’s the ‘mother’ of the group, a wholesome woman who believes that cups of tea, and a good chat can cure almost anything, and if that doesn’t work, she’ll cook for you. She owns a greenhouse in La Palma (former location of kitanos, rip!). She grows her own fruits and veggies and makes masterpieces out of them. Alana’s long time partner, Samantha, is a photographer. Alana used to always be attracted to men, but when she met Samanthan, she fell immediately head over heels. This didn’t really bother her too much, however. She hasn’t married Samantha yet because Samantha doesn’t ‘believe’ in marriage, despite the recent laws ruling that same-sex couples can get married. Alana has brown hair and brown eyes, and she keeps her hair cut short. She is a little bit on the larger side thanks to her love of food and cooking.
Abilities and Personality: Alana is ‘salt of the earth’. She’s a warm stable presence who always makes everyone feel good. She’s the support of the group, trying to keep everything together. She is the only one of the new guard who has met any of the old guard, as her predecessor died approximately 5 years ago of a poisonous spider bite in the Amazon. She mothers Talise outrageously when Talise is rescued, and she is a sympathetic ear to both Marcus and Kai. She loves cooking, gardening, and watching cooking and gardening tv shows. Alana has a vine tattoo growing up her right leg, and she is able to grow plants quickly and efficiently, or make them bloom when out of season. She can also use rocks and dirt as weapons, or grind down stone into sand. Alana is a Taurus.
Fire: Kai Hayden, age 28
Kai is a Scottish actor who came over to Los Angeles after getting a breakout role in a TV show that was very popular about 7 years ago. Being Scottish, his accent had the women swooning and for a while he had a history of being a ‘ladies man’, but he calmed down a couple years back and began to see a young Actress named Suzanne Smith pretty seriously. Tabloids began to speculate about a marriage between the two of them when Kai woke up to his fiancé having been horribly murdered. He was placed on trial, and Marcus helped to defend him. It was discovered that he had GHB in his system, and that he had been knocked out the night Suzanne was killed. Kai is a redhead, with brown eyes, and he’s got a temper to boot. He likes fine whiskys and has a rather large collection in his Hollywood Hills mansion. His house becomes the ‘base’ of operations for the quad of elements due to it’s location, privacy and space.
Abilities and Personality: Kai is passionate about drink and women, but he’s driven most of his passion into his acting. He’s well on the way to becoming one of the most well known and venerated actors of his generation due to his ability. The shock from Scotland to Hollywood had him acting up, partying and dallying with a new woman almost every night but a few years back he calmed down before he ran into some serious drama. He thought he was in love with Suzanne, and had been planning on asking her to marry him before she was killed. He has a large family back in Suzanne and he’s close to his mother and father, talking to them on skype at least twice a week. Kai has a half-sleeve with a dragon on it, with flame surrounding the dragon. He is able to control all aspects of fire, from creating one from nothing to causing a fire to blaze or mellow. He is also able to turn up the ‘heat’ in a room or in an individual. He is a Leo.
Water: Talise Mitchell, age 23
Talise is a woman scarred. She received half her power at the age of 10 when Ren Shimizu should’ve passed away. She received the dreams, intuition and emotional part while Ren kept the absolute control over Water and the ability to breathe underwater. Receiving these powers without any explanation (as she didn’t fully come into her power) she started to turn to alcohol, drugs and sex at a young age to dull the weirdness in her life. Talise ran away from home at 15, and became a stripper and prostitute to help fund her addictions. When Kin Manzana (Chaos) finds her, she is a stripper at a strip club in Los Angeles under the stage name of “Typhoon”. She has brown hair with blue eyes, and is homeless, spending her take home pay on drugs and alcohol to dull the dreams and emotions around her. She finds her captivity with Kin’s Vampires a blessing as she’s kept in a safe location with a bed and is being fed meals. When she is freed by Marcus, Kai and Alana, she lashes out at them for ruining her good thing, admitting she was already a whore with her body so it didn’t bother her to be a blood whore to Kin’s vampires. She quickly grows close with Alana to Samantha’s chagrin, and is intensely attracted to Kai. She teases Marcus because he rebuffs her advances until she realizes he just doesn’t care about sex. She fights with Kai until later when they become lovers. Once she receives her full powers, she’s able to stabilize mentally and able to purge her addictions with water magic.
Abilities and Personality: Talise is originally broken. She’s an addict, addicted to anything that dulls the emotions in her mind and the dreams at night – sex, drugs, alcohol. She enjoys being a stripper as it gives her easy access to those things she dull her madness. She has carved water patterns into her skin over parts of her legs and arms as she had at one time turned to cutting to try and drown out everything. As she got older, she’s had water themed tattoos placed in conjunction with these scars. (IE: one looks like a Koi jumping out of water, another has a flower floating on waves, etc). She is captured by Kin Manzana and given to Kin’s vampires to hold while Kin sorts out the rest of the ‘Guardians’ – Kin allows her vampires to ‘use’ Talise, and Talise is abused by the vampires by having her blood taken and her body taken (although she is willing to give her body – “I don’t care, you can fuck me all you want, I like sex. But my blood? That’s just going too far!”) Talise originally ends up with the power to see things through dreams but she’s unable to control it. She can also sense the emotions of everyone around her, and she’s able to manipulate them if necessary. She sometimes has prophetic visions as well. When Ren dies and Talise comes into her full power, she then is also able to control water, up to and including drowning a person on dry land. She can also breathe underwater. The healing qualities of water allow her to combat her addictions. She is thin, painfully so when rescued, but Alana helps get Talise to ‘fatten up’ a bit. Talise is a Scorpio.
Chaos: Kin Manzana
Chaos is a primal force, and it has chosen to take the form of a white haired, overripe body, heterochromatic eyed woman. She’s chosen the name Kin Manzana because it means Gold Apple in two different languages, and the Gilded Apple Corporation Ltd is her company. Her eyes are gold and blue.
Kin has been around for a very long time. She was known in Ancient Greece as Eris, and the myth of the Golden Apple has amused her greatly throughout time, and thus she has taken it as her ‘totem’. On the surface, the Gilded Apple Corporation appears to be a large research and design firm, but underneath it is a front for drug running, arms dealing, and anything else that can cause great instability. Kin poses as the daughter of the mother before her, so it appears that Gilded Apple has been passed from Mother to Daughter throughout the centuries.
Kin’s ‘children’ are Vampires. She conceived the first one with the King of Hell, and has used her children to do her bidding. She uses them to hold Talise captive while she tries to find the latest Guardians in an attempt to kill them off. She also has managed to find throughout the eons the four Gemstones that hold the pure essence of an element. She has tried to use them to find the future Guardians in an effort to kill them before they come into their guardianhood, as without the Guardians the stones will become vulnerable and she will be able to destroy the pure essence of that element. Once she is able to destroy the pure essence of all four elements, the world will be plunged into Chaos and she will reign over it.
Kin is responsible for the deaths of Rosa, Ilia and Mahesh. She convinced Ren when she was originally dying to use her magic to save herself. She has the ability to modify how she looks (to an extent, she always has the two different eye colours) in order to blend in more. She uses this frequently when attempting to ‘pass down’ the business from generation to generation. In the prologue, Kin is seen watching the deaths of Ilia and Mahesh and two other people – these people are who she thinks are the next Guardians but they aren’t (So fire and air are able to fully form with Kai and Marcus respectively). She is shown trying to break into the gems when one of her vampires comes and informs her that the two nobodies that they killed weren’t dreaming when they died. Kin then goes into a rage.
Kin is the fifth element of Spirit, that has been corrupted by the King of Hell.
Samantha Perez – Samantha is Alana’s partner. She’s 39, and Latina. She’s a photographer with dark brown eyes, café au lait skin and short punk styled hair with purple streaks throughout it. She grows intensely jealous of Alana’s new ‘brothers’ and ‘sister’, especially when Talise ‘clings’ to Alana for her own sanity. Samantha thinks that there is an affair happening between her partner and Talise, and tries to find out more information about it. Kin seduces Samantha into being her spy amongst the quad, thinking that if Ren knew about Talise, then the quad will know who their successors are and that Kin would be able to kill them when she kills the Guardians. Samantha holds part of the little known fifth element, Spirit, inside of her and deep down inside Kin recognizes this.
Samantha betrays the quad and turns ‘evil’ at the end. When Kin is killed by the elements, they realize they will have to kill Samantha as well for spirit to be born again, whole and uncorrupted. By this point, Samantha fully realizes who and what she is, and she dies willingly knowing that she will be reborn.